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Alton R. Sharpe Jr.

Alton R. Sharpe Jr., M.D., of Richmond died on August 14, 2008. He owned a farm in Middlesex County for many years.
Dr. Sharpe was a pioneer in the field of nuclear medicine.  He founded the Nuclear Medicine Lab at McGuire Veterans Hospital. As a professor of radiology and medicine at the Medical College of Virginia from 1967 to 1992, he was instrumental in founding its Division of Nuclear Medicine and served as its chairman for many years. Dr. Sharpe retired from the faculty of MCV in 1992 and opened a private practice, Thyroid Specialist Inc., where he treated patients until his retirement in 2004.
He was a graduate of John Marshall High School, the University of Richmond, and the Medical College of Virginia, Class of 1953. He served in the U.S. Naval Reserve as the Officer-in-Charge of the Nuclear Medicine Laboratory at Portsmouth Naval Hospital, from 1958-1960, and retired from the Naval Reserve as a Lieutenant Commander.

He was a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Nuclear Medicine. He was an active member of the Richmond Academy of Medicine.

Dr. Sharpe was a member of various civic and social organizations that gave him much pleasure, especially the Polar Bear Club at the Country Club of Virginia, the Cohoke Club, The Crossgun Dove Shooters, and the Richmond Cotillion. He was a member of St. James’s Episcopal Church.

He was an avid wildfowl hunter and fisherman, and had a lifelong interest in history, conservation, and preservation. During his retirement he spent many happy hours at “Gales,” his farm in Middlesex County.

Dr. Sharpe is survived by his wife of 54 years, Patricia Moncure Sharpe; his children, Betse S. Trice and her husband Winston, Jewett M. Sharpe, M.D., and his wife Lisa, and Virginia Ashby Sharpe, Ph.D.; six grandchildren  Ned, Ida, and Lucy Trice, and Russell, Parker, and Sam Sharpe; brother, John G. Sharpe of Richmond; and sister, Joan Sharpe Lee of Virginia Beach.

A memorial service was held at St. James’s Episcopal Church in Richmond on August 18. Burial was private.

In lieu of flowers and food, contributions may be sent to the St. James Episcopal Church Endowment Fund, 1205 W. Franklin St., Richmond, VA 23220.

posted 08.23.2008

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